Months of the Year with an American Accent

 

 

Hi, It’s Lisa Scott with losemyaccent.com. For the next several weeks, we are going to talk about the pronunciation of some everyday calendar words and the correct use of prepositions with those words. In this video, we will be reviewing the correct pronunciation of the 12 months of the year. As you follow along with me, be sure to pay attention to both the pronunciation of the words and to the syllable stress. Emphasizing the wrong syllable can make it harder to be understood. The first few months have the stress on the first syllable.

So, let’s get started. January. Remember that there is the word “you” in the middle of the word.

January. I love to see the beautiful snow in January. January.

That one was simple enough, I hope. But now we get to February, and there is an ongoing debate about the correct pronunciation. The original “correct” pronunciation was Feb-ru-ary. But more and more often, we are seeing the much easier pronunciation of Feb-you-ary. Most dictionaries now list both pronunciations as correct, so if I were you, I would choose the simpler and more popular pronunciation of Feb-you-ary.

February. Valentine’s Day is always in February. February.

March. The weather in March is often windy and unpredictable. March.

April. Spring flowers bloom in April. April.

May. In May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. May.

June. Summer begins in June. June.

July. Americans celebrate Independence Day in July. July.

August. Many students go back to school in August. August.

September. Did you notice the stress on the second syllable? All the months up until this one have has the stress on the first syllable, but now it changes. The rest of the months will have the stress on the second syllable.

September. I like to go hiking in September. September.

October. In October, the leaves turn beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. October.

November. We are very thankful for Thanksgiving in November. November.

December. Christmas comes in December every year. December.

Have you ever wondered how to remember which months have 30 days and which have 31? There’s a rhyme that most Americans learned as a child to keep it straight and it goes like this:

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Well, we’ve come to the end of our calendar year, and I hope you’ve learned some new tips for pronouncing those month names correctly. Next week, we’ll be talking about the days of the week, so be sure to watch for that video. And meanwhile, come visit our facebook page at facebook.com/losemyaccent. I’ll see you there!